The Vietnam Trauma in American Foreign Policy, 1945-75

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The Vietnam Trauma in American Foreign Policy, 1945-75

By Paul M. Kattenburg
Transaction Books, 1980
354 pp. $19.95
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The author was a specialist on Vietnam as a Foreign Service officer for more than 20 years; he is now a professor of political science. The book is an ambitious and moderately successful effort to integrate theories of decision-making and empirical data in order to explain why the U.S. went wrong.